Thursday, 16 August, 2018

South Korean President Moon Proposes 2030 World Cup In Region

Doris Mccormick | 13 June, 2017, 11:35

Bong Young-shik, a political analyst with the Yonsei University Institute for North Korean Studies in Seoul, said Pyongyang is more interested in restarting major revenue generating projects like the Kaesong Industrial Complex and Kumgang Mountain tourism project, and is willing to hold up humanitarian aid as leverage to try to gain major concessions.

"If East Asian countries, including the two Koreas, host the World Cup, I think this will help build up peace on the Korean peninsula as well as in the region", Moon told Infantino, according to the presidential Blue House.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has expressed his willingness to improve relations with the DPRK after being elected one month ago.

Cho also oversaw South Korea's economic cooperation projects with the North, including a jointly-run industrial complex in Kaesong, just north of the border.

Speaking at the Federation Internationale de Football Association meeting Monday, Moon said sport could play a role in easing tensions in the region.

Infantino was quoted as saying he will sound out Chinese President Xi Jinping about Moon's idea when the two meet later this week.

The North and the South have been divided since Korea's liberation from the Japanese at the end of World War II.

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Rodman, who met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on previous trips to Pyongyang and has called him "an awesome kid", declined to answer questions when he was seen by CNN reporters at Beijing International Airport, the network said.

Rodman has made several visits to North Korea.

The nation did host a Women's World Cup recently.

'I hope this can happen with the 2030 FIFA World Cup'.

However, even if Moon manages to thread the diplomatic needles, his vision will also face strong opposing bids from the United Kingdom, and Uruguay and Argentina, which are putting forward a joint bid to host the tournament on the hundredth anniversary of the inaugural World Cup in Uruguay.

Nikai, the number two executive in his party behind Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is usually known for his generally warm ties with South Korea and China.

It would be Rodman's first visit to the country since President Donald Trump took office.

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